Next Step Bible Study - Day Two - YOU ARE SET APART
Scripture: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacri ce, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:1-2
Think About: Jesus gave the ultimate sacri ce when He died on the cross- exchanging His Holy perfection for our shame and guilt. The power of those things was defeated when He rose from the dead on the third day! He gives us the freedom to live, breathe, and move without the gripping power of death weighing on us.
In exchange, He asks- not out of obligation, but out of love- to offer ourselves back to Him as
LIVING sacri ces. How do we do this? By laying aside our old pattern of behavior, which belongs to the world, and becoming new in the mindset of Christ Jesus.
This could look like one of the following:
Answer and Re ect:
In your own words, what does it mean to be a living sacri ce?
What are some things that God might be asking you to change in your life in order to be a living sacri ce for Him?
How will you take steps to renew your mind this week?
• Giving up things that have controlled us in the past • Changing our habits to re ect Jesus’ habits
• Retraining our thoughts to re ect love instead of fear
God, I thank You for sending Your son Jesus to be a sacri ce for me on the cross. I pray that You would give me the wisdom and strength to live my life completely devoted to You as a living sacri ce. Teach me how to renew my mind daily and lead me into a deeper understanding of your love and grace through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.